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When only Gatsby style luxe will do: Exquisite and glamorous, this antique cream and sugar set by Osborne China will definitely raise the ante at morning coffee or high tea! White china hand covered in gold, it features a design of large water lilies or lotus blossoms and leaves on top, and a field of flowers on the bottom half of both pieces. The entire outer surfaces of both pieces are covered in gold, and the design is slightly raised, so there is a lovely texture in the hand. The "low areas" of the design have a different dappled texture, and this makes the gold appear darker on these spots.

The finial on the lid of the sugar bowl is impressive, the bud of a rose or other flower. Both pieces are signed on the bottom with Osborne's hand scribed signature. Osborne pieces are rare and hard to date, but the symmetry and composition of the floral design gives these a strong Art Deco feel, and the inclusion of the water lilies makes me think that these pieces are probably from the late 1920 or early 1930's, at the height of classical Egyptian influence over Art Deco design. However, I'm not a professional at this, I'm basing these on sleuthing and hypothesis. I'm like a wee little Sherlock Holmes over here!

Very little wear of any kind. There may be one repair - at the tip of one handle on the sugar bowl, there is a small rough patch, where there looks like a chip could be. It's about the size of a child's pinky nail or smaller. It's covered in gold, so this could be a professional repair or even a mishap that happened in the studio and was ignored. There is some wear to the gold finish at the lips of both pieces, from gentle use, especially where the lid rests on the sugar bowl. Similarly, at the points on the handles where the thumb might rest, there is also a little wear to the gold, from being picked up many times. These are small places of wear, nothing unexpected, based on years of gentle use.

Absolutely beautiful.

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Gold Cream and Sugar Set, Osborne Water Lilies, Art Deco Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: ceramic, glaze, sugar bowl, creamer, gold
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
  • Feedback: 1073 reviews
  • Favorited by: 65 people